PUBLIC REPORTING DOCUMENTS (links below)
ELL Program: Collaborative ESL and General Education Program Model
- LINGUISTIC GOALS OF ELL INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAM
- provide developmentally appropriate English language instruction tailored for each student’s level of English,
- develop full English proficiency within 1-5 years depending on the ELLs initial proficiency level,
- provide effective content instruction while developing English language proficiency, and
- develop a positive attitude toward the native culture and that of the majority group
- TARGET POPULATION
- students who are English language learners of multiple language backgrounds and multiple English language proficiency levels in grades K-12.
- COLLABORATIVE MODEL FEATURES
- it offers ELLs grade-level, core content instruction taught in English using instructional strategies that make the content material accessible to them and promote the development of academic English. Second,
- collaboration between ESL and general education staff is central to the program.
- Please contact the Pupil Personnel Services Office at 401-769-5492, Ext. 2212, of additional information or questions.
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) of 2002 are federal regulations which mandate that local school districts provide equitable and effective learning opportunities for ELLs in their schools. These opportunities must ensure that ELL programs enable learners “…to speak, read, write and comprehend the English language and meet challenging state and academic content and student achievement standards. NCLB requires states to set proficiency standards for the development of English language proficiency skills for children who are learning English. Rhode Island has adopted the World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) standards as the ELL proficiency standards for the state. This act also mandates that states evaluate the progress students are making toward learning English annually in the areas of reading, writing, speaking, listening and comprehension.
In 1982, The English Language Proficiency Act for Limited English Students (Chapter 16-54) was enacted by the Rhode Island General Assembly and approved by the Governor. This Act (updated in 2000 and again in 2008) requires “…all local school districts to provide appropriate programs and services which will make educational opportunities of Limited English Proficient (LEP[ELL]) equal to their English dominant peers. Services developed by local school districts must have the same expectations for LEP (ELLs) as for all students. Schools shall make modifications and provide necessary supports to their programs in order to meet the individual linguistic and academic needs of all LEP (ELL) students.” (Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Regulations, Chapter 16-54, pg. ii)